This type of writing is also called an apologetics letter or an apology. Although neither author nor recipient is known for certain, the Letter to Diognetus purports . Letter to Diognetus, an early Christian apologetic work probably dating from the 2nd or 3rd century ad. It is often included with the works of the Apostolic Fathers, . The Epistle TO Diognetus. CHAPTER 1 Since I see, most excellent Diognetus , that thou art exceedingly anxious to understand the religion of the Christians.

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God has assigned them this illustrious position, which it were unlawful for them to forsake.

Diognetus. The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus (translation J.B. Lightfoot).

We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. Translated by Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson. This page was last edited on 16 Septemberat Letter to Diognetus early Christian work.

Please buy the CD to support the site, view it without ads, and get bonus epitle For, as I said, this was no mere earthly invention which was delivered to them, nor epustle it a mere human system of opinion, which they judge it right to preserve so carefully, nor has a dispensation of mere human mysteries been committed to them, but truly Diogneos Himself, who is almighty, the Creator of all things, and invisible, has sent from heaven, and placed among men[Him who is] the truthand the holy and incomprehensible Word, and has firmly established Him in their hearts.

And do not wonder that a man may become an imitator of God. For whatever things we are moved to utter by the will of the Word commanding us, we communicate to you diogneros pains, and from a love of the things that have been revealed to us. Similarly, the world hates the Christians, not because they have done it any wrong, but because they are opposed to its enjoyments.


As a king sends his son, who is also a king, so sent He Him; as God He sent Him; as to men He sent Him; as a Saviour He sent Him, and as seeking to persuade, not to compel us; for violence has no place in the character of God. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: The Greek writer and recipient are not otherwise known; estimates of dating based on the language and other textual evidence have ranged from AD [1] which would make it one of the earliest examples of apologetic literatureto the late 2nd century, with the latter often preferred in modern scholarship.

For the Christians are distinguished from other men neither by country, nor language, nor the customs which they observe.

Although only a few of his works are still read,…. Was it then, as one might conceive, for the purpose of exercising tyranny, or of inspiring fear and terror? But such declarations are simply the startling and erroneous utterances of deceivers; and no man has either seen Him, or made Him knownbut He has revealed Himself.

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From a letter to Diognetus: The Christian in the world

Is not one of them a stone similar to that on which we tread? I can see that you deeply desire to learn how Christians worship their God.

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Him He sent unto them.

That the wickedness of many should be hid in a single righteous One, and that the righteousness of One should justify many transgressors! And yet there is something extraordinary about their lives.

They love all menand are persecuted by all.

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Epistle of Diognetus quote

For while the Gentilesby offering such things to those that are destitute of sense and hearing, furnish an example of madness ; they, on the other hand by thinking to offer these things to God as if He needed them, might justly reckon it rather an act of folly than of divine worship.

Nay, not so much as a single fo will willingly submit to such punishment, for he has sensibility and reason; but a stone submits, because it is insensible. The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus Greek: Are they not without life? And to glory in the circumcision of the flesh as a proof of election, and as if, on account of it, they were specially beloved by God — how is it not a subject of ridicule? For which reason He sent the Word, that He might be manifested to the world; and He, being despised by eoistle people [of the Jews ], was, when preached by the Apostles, believed on by the Gentiles.